York City manager Steve Watson predicts tomorrow evening’s game against Hartlepool United will be the most appropriate test of pre-season.

In preparation for the 2019/20 National League North campaign, the Minstermen have already come up against last season’s Championship play-off contenders Leeds United and League One outfit Bolton Wanderers.

Still to come are Notts County – who were relegated from League Two last season – and BetVictor Northern Premier League sides Scarborough Athletic, South Shields and Pickering Town.

Pools, meanwhile, have finished their last two seasons in the National League 15th and 16th following their 2017 relegation from League Two.

“I think the Hartlepool game will be a lot closer to what we’re going to face on a weekly basis,” Watson said.

“They’re still a very good National League side and they will be very competitive against us.

“It’s a really good test,” he added on the variety of pre-season opposition. “It’s three very different games and I expect Hartlepool will be the closest of who we will face all pre-season.”

Read more: https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/sport/17773526.hartlepool-united-will-give-york-city-clearest-indications-next-term-39-s-tests-believes-steve-watson/

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